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Suicide remains all too common in the United States. As the ninth leading cause of death -- responsible for 30,000 deaths annually -- it is also one of the more preventable causes of death
Increasingly, mental health clinicians must care for suicidal patients within managed care systems. Managed care's cost-driven focus on rapid assessment and triage, narrowly restrictive hospital admission criteria, and abbreviated inpatient stays have resulted in poorer clinical care and increased opportunities both for adverse outcomes such as suicide and for clinician liability.
Bringing together a unique mix of clinicians, authorities, and administrators from private practice and managed care, Treatment of Suicidal Patients in Managed Care offers practical guidance on how to improve care and reduce risk for suicidal patients. Contributors explore a wide range of topics: Hospitalization -- Emphasizes the increased importance of the initial assessment when managed care systems shorten or deny hospitalization for suicidal patients and of knowing whom to call within the managed care system. Includes alternative programs from acute residential care to cognitive-behavioral strategies and dialectical behavior therapy for the suicidal patient in crisis Suicide risk among adolescents and the elderly -- For adolescents, emphasizes the value of multiple levels of care when admissions are too short and too often followed by distressing and costly readmissions. For the elderly, offers preventive interventions for primary care physicians who are uncomfortable discussing depression and suicidal ideation and intention with their elderly patients Suicide and substance abuse -- Details the role of case managers in providing continuity of care in a disorder known to be chronic and relapsing Pharmacotherapy of depression and suicidality -- Discusses the effects of managed care and raises questions about the expertise of the prescriber, especially relevant now that more primary care physicians are treating patients with uncomplicated unipolar depression Risk management issues -- To counter the perception that managed care companies profit from withholding care, emphasizes the crucial importance today of documenting the reasons for treatment decisions Helping those affected by the aftermath of a suicide -- A step-by-step process: 1) anticipating a suicide, 2) announcing or sharing the news of a suicide, 3) assessing those affected by a suicide, and 4) seeing what can be learned from reviewing the patient's treatment
This clinical guide will aid understanding of clinical, administrative, and risk management issues relevant to the care of suicidal patients. Psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse clinical specialists, social workers, administrators, and primary care physicians will also rely on it as they cope with the mounting pressures of managed care while maintaining the quality of their care for these vulnerable and patients.
|Publisher:||American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
James M. Ellison, M.D., M.P.H., is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a consultant to The Cambridge Hospital Psychiatry Department, and Interim Clinical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is also President of the Northeast Affiliate of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Table of Contents
ContributorsAcknowledgmentsForewordChapter 1. Treating suicidal patients in the managed care environmentChapter 2. Managed crisis care for suicidal patientsChapter 3. Managed care, brief hospitalization, and alternatives to hospitalization in the care of suicidal patientsChapter 4. Suicidal adolescents in managed careChapter 5. Suicide in the elderlyChapter 6. Substance abuse and suicidal behavior in managed careChapter 7. Psychiatric pharmacotherapy, suicide, and managed careChapter 8. Risk management issues for clinicians who treat suicidal patients in managed systemsChapter 9. In the aftermath of suicide: Needs and interventionsAppendix A: The formulation of suicide riskAppendix B: Getting more of what is needed from your patient's managed care organizationIndex
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Dr. Ellison and his contributors are to be congratulated for juxtaposing two topics that bedevil practicing clinicians and suggesting how they may be reconciled. The essays emerge largely from the managed care setting and are thereby informed, objective in tone, and filled with useful guidance: the 'tips' and appendices in particular will be of value to new and practicing clinicians who must balance patient advocacy with life in the real world. It is, after all, life in the real world that challenges the suicidal patient, and the challenge is no less for us.